Check out this piece of shit at the WSJ. You know it’s going to be good with a picture of Mad Max (portrayed by raging anti-semite and old school crazy Catholic Mel Gibson, now famous for his Christian snuff classic, The Passion of the Christ) and the opening:
One man’s theory: A nation whose people can’t say “Merry Christmas” is a nation capable of ruining its own economy.

I’m assuming then there must also have been a raging tide of Atheism and Scroogian Bah-Humbugging going on in 1929 as well, for surely had there been a consistent sentiment of Christianity and people saying “Merry Christmas”, that infamous stock market crash would never have happened. Oh how, in this country founded as a Christian nation, could that have happened in 1929, and why didn’t we learn from that?

Now, like then, Wall St is driven by greed, not Jesus (which is good, since Jesus advised to “sell your possessions and give the money away”, and that hardly is a good model for a strong economy). Daniel Henninger writes “what really went missing through the subprime mortgage years were the three Rs: responsibility, restraint and remorse.” To assume that such things would be exercised makes you a fool (see “Reaganomics”, or “trickle down theory”). It denies the realities of human nature and the nature of the market in favor of an unsubstantiated belief. You know what it’s called when you blindly trust in something without investigation or questions? Faith. Faith doesn’t work. Faith is irresponsible. Faith is lazy. Faith is not facing reality, like that the financial market has always been driven by the motto “greed is good” and not “WWJD?”.

This is why regulations and oversight are necessary. Can those people REALLY afford that mortgage you just gave them? Do you REALLY have enough actual cash on hand to insure against defaults in this bundle of mortgages you’re selling me? Canada’s stricter regulations have spared them the woes we’re experiencing. They get it. It’s human nature. The financial market is driven by greed, which is itself ok within a defined set of parameters and if efforts are taken to make sure it stays within that set of parameters. Not understanding this, Danny believes that those three “R”s should be exercised, normally would be exercised, but for some reason they weren’t. Why? Well here’s where the crazy train really builds a head of steam. See, those three “R”s are examples of what? Morality, of course. And where does morality come from? Christianity. Ta-da!

It has been my view that the steady secularizing and insistent effort at dereligioning America has been dangerous…The point for a healthy society of commerce and politics is not that religion saves, but that it keeps most of the players inside the chalk lines. We are erasing the chalk lines.

Yes, the chalk lines have been erased, but those lines aren’t moral lines. Those lines rarely if ever existed. Regulatory lines imposed by the government, not personal conscience, are what have been erased but more importantly, there’s been no playground monitor. THOSE are the problems, Danny, not a loss of personal morality and its byproduct, conscience. It shows an amazing disconnect with reality to reject the realities of human nature and the financial markets and put faith in people behaving with other’s interests in mind, not just their own. Now what’s interesting is Danny’s faith in people behaving morally does not extend to the public sector: “trusting the public sector to protect us from financial catastrophe is a bad idea”. Somehow those in the private sector involved in the financial industry could be trusted, provided there were more Christianity and saying “Merry Christmas” around, but what, the public sector is hopelessly immoral? That all the Jesus in the world can’t help those in government do the right thing, but it’ll work for the private sector? The contradictory nonsense makes my head hurt. Look, I’ll grant that if the watchdogs either don’t do their job or do it poorly, we could be fucked, but you know what consistently has been proven to get us fucked? Simply putting faith in those in the financial market doing what’s best for everybody and not just themselves. Regardless of where you stand on regulation, let’s make one thing perfectly clear – the success or failure of either option has nothing to do with “dereligioning America” or saying “Merry Christmas”. This ugly scapegoating of atheists for the economy would be laughable if not eerily familiar to times past.

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6 Responses to “Guess what? Atheists ruined the economy, according to the WSJ”

  1. Well, if we’re so good at ruining things the WSJ better watch out.

  2. In order to save the economy, this is what must happen:

    (1) Improvement in education (industry must work with public funded schools and actively scout talent to make this happen)

    (2) Reduction in tuition/schooling costs (hey, the internet is making access to knowledge faster, easier, and cheaper than ever before)

    (3) Investment in R&D for future technology by industry

    (4) Replacing jobs with robotics because of cheaper labor costs (then the people who lost their jobs pool together and start their own businesses via inter-networking)

    ….hey, a break in the economy always leads to competition and a boom in business so long as government doesn't bearocratize things with protection policies.

  3. Any idiot knows that the Jews, not the atheists, are responsible for the fiscal crisis. The atheists are responsible only for weather disasters. Why can’t that Henninger guy get his facts straight?

  4. Nope, gays are responsible for weather disasters, or at least hurricanes.

  5. Didn’t one of the Byzantine emperors put the kabosh on buggery (as far as he knew) because it was a cause of earthquakes?

    My wife still remembers the “happy holdays vs. merry christmas” kerfuffle with a shudder.

    She found that certain of the xians seemed to be spoiling for some kind of conflict. The boss told them say “happy Holidays” or “Merry christmas” as the notion took them. It was either they were taking “The Reason For the Season” out of the equation, or the same people would be upset that Jesus was being disrespected and used as an excuse for crass commerce.

    She told me (and I already knew it well) that she just HATES it when I’m right about somethings.

  6. Let’s see if I’ve got this straight:

    1. Jews are responsible for financial disasters.
    2. Gays are responsible for weather disasters.
    3. That must mean that atheists are responsible for educational disasters in American public schools.

    Sounds about right to me.

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